Nissan Altima vs Ford Fusion

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Nissan Altima

    2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    78%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    91%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    67%

    Would Buy Again

    3 Ratings

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    Would Buy Again

    - Ratings


    What’s better about the Altima?

    Better safety features. All versions of the 2018 Altima come standard with active safety features like forward collision warning and pre-collision braking on both surface streets around town and the highway. These features are optional on the Fusion (though it’s worth noting that the Fusion makes lane departure warning and prevention an option whereas the Altima doesn’t even offer them).

    Fuel economy. This generation of Nissan’s four-cylinder Altima has killer fuel economy, something none of the non-hybrid Ford models can touch. The four-cylinder Altima is rated at 27/38/31 MPG city/highway/combined. The best the non-hybrid Fusion can muster is 24/36/28.


    What’s better about the Fusion?

    More powertrain choices. The Ford Fusion offers a wide variety of engine and powertrain options. Plug-in hybrid? This Ford’s got one. Base four-cylinder gas engine? Yep. Turbocharged engines? The Fusion has two four-cylinder EcoBoost turbos to choose from, and one six-cylinder EcoBoost turbo, for a maximum of 325 horsepower. The Altima, meanwhile, has just a base (non-turbo) four-cylinder and an optional 270-horsepower V6.

    All-wheel-drive. The Fusion is one of the few midsize family sedans to offer optional all-wheel-drive (most models come standard with front-wheel-drive). The Altima is front-whee-drive only. This matters to some owners in cold climates where traction is essential.

    Better infotainment. The Fusion comes with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, the latest in the automaker’s line of software. It’s considered to be faster and more modern than the aging system in the Altima.


    Autolist’s take:

    It’s worth noting that both of these sedans are at the end of their lifecycles; the Altima is all-new for 2019 while the Fusion will be around for another year before being discontinued in 2020. Rivals like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima are all more modern in 2018. But if you’re choosing between this Fusion and Altima, we like the Fusion more. Ford has done a better job of keeping it modern, it has a wide array of engine choices and the option of all-wheel-drive. So we say Buy the Ford.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Nissan Altima

    2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,082
    15k miles at $2.237/gal
    $799
    15k miles at $2.237/gal
    Fuel Economy

    27 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    43 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    38 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    41 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Nissan Altima

    2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Standard
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Standard
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    -
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Standard
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Nissan Altima

    2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Heated Seats
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Android Auto
    Available
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Nissan Altima

    2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Powertrain

    CVT
    Transmission
    CVT
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    179 HP @ 6000 RPM
    Horsepower
    N/A
    Horsepower
    177lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
    Torque
    N/A
    Torque
    I4
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders